The Paperwork Explosion

Media watch Pt 1

Was listening to an archived
interview by the irrepressible Kim Hill with journalist Michael Wolff on National Radio, as I made mexican meatballs the other night.

Any of Kim Hill’s podcasts are worth checking out: she is an institution in New Zealand radio. At times dry and confrontational, yet quick to make sly jokes and be chatty: your grandmother would think she was a hoot. This interview isn’t notable so much for Wolff’s character defences for media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, so much as for the comments about what makes a good sellable paper and the future of newspapers in general.
According to Wolff, there isn’t one.
He’s hardly the first person to pronounce doomsday, withmany newspapers closing or cutting staff numbers in the USA in 2008, and others outsourcing journalistic work on top of technical labour to India. But it’s always sobering to hear such a hopeless prognosis.

Of course, there’s no doubt, it’s much more time-economic to click through one’s favourite sections online, especially when there are slide shows of hypo allergic architecture in towns called Snowflake to look at. (Did I really say time-economic?)

Whether they maintain an online presence or not, I suspect the demise of print editions of newspapers like the New York Times will end a golden age of writers who were rewarded, however meagerly, for penning standfirsts like the following:

“Living with the clones of a dead dog has its surprises. The DNA may be the same but the behavior is another story.”

Media Watch Pt. 2

I’ve ranted incoherently about American Vogue before. But on December 31, 2008, Cathy Horyn did us all a favour by expressing the shortcomings and strong points of Vogue more delicately, in this article in the NY Times.

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(Images by Scott King as posted on King is an artist-slash-graphic designer who has recently exhibited at Ps1 in NYC and the Kunstverein in Munich)


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